January 2, 2009

Would Lamar Odom like oden?

I often prepared myself an early dinner of soup noodles or a casserole of oden with rice, but I decided to go straight up to my bedroom and read. It wasn't until the middle of the evening that I stopped, when it occurred to me that I should at least have a snack, so that I wouldn't toss in my sleep or wake up famished. I put on my robe and went out to the stairs, but instead of descending, I wandered down the hallway, to the far door, to the room where Sunny once lived.

--Chang-Rae Lee, A Gesture Life
How wonderful the perfunctory is, when narrated in an interesting and attractive manner. How do writers do this? Chang-Rae Lee's style reminds me of what I like about Ishiguro — although, after reading this novel, I have to say that I give Ishiguro the edge. Something about the ending of the novel didn't sit right with me, as if he started off by carefully crafting every sentence, only to get bored with writing it, hastily forcing things to an end that didn't and doesn't make sense.

P.S. Wikipedia says: Oden (ใŠใงใ‚“) is a Japanese winter dish consisting of several ingredients such as boiled eggs, daikon radish, konnyaku, and processed fish cakes stewed in a light, soy-flavoured dashi broth.